Ronnie Moore has revealed the door remains open for Stuart Parnaby to return to Hartlepool United.
The 32-year-old defender, who missed the bulk of last season with a serious knee injury, was one of six players released in the summer with his time at the League Two side having come to an end.
But Parnaby has been training with Pools and played the opening 45 minutes in the 7-0 friendly win over Billingham Town on Monday night.
Moore has revealed that he could be set for a return to the club.
“Stuart has had this long term injury and I haven’t seen an awful lot of him,” Moore told SportMail.
“He has been a quality player and there is no reason why he can’t still be a quality player.
“He is fit now and that is a big thing.
“He has been helping the lads with Buster [Ian Gallagher] while we have been away.
“There is an open door, I have said he could come in and do pre-season.
“We’ll see how things go from there.”
Pressed on whether he could return, Moore added: “I don’t see any reason why not.
“It will be down to him.
“If he comes in and does what we think he can do, then there is no closed door on it.”
It was initially thought 32-year-old Parnaby was out for the season after surgery on his patella tendon injury back in November, ruling him out for nine months. But the former Middlesbrough and Birmingham City defender made good progress and returned to the squad for the Luton game at the end of the season.